New 2D nano-material set to speed up electronics market

1:39PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new nano-material allows electrons to travel at high speeds without scattering. Scientists say it is set to revolutionise the electronics industry.

Planning  | Business ideas

Start-ups strut their stuff at CES 2013

1:06PM | Monday, 14 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The 2013 International CES, the largest in the tech show’s 45-year history, has wrapped up, with start-ups grabbing attendees’ attention.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | IT

Insiders and the mainstream: How knowledgeable are your customers?

1:16PM | Monday, 14 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Most industries have two distinct groups of customers. Understanding which group your customers come from is critical to many key business decisions.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales

CliMate app helps put farmers under the weather

1:02PM | Monday, 14 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Long-range weather forecasts are essential for farmers when they make decisions about planting crops. Now a new iPhone app literally puts those predictions in the palm of your hand.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

World’s top 100 global innovators named

1:22PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Thomson Reuters has released its 2012 list of the top 100 global innovators, with Apple and Google among the companies featured, but there’s plenty of inspiration for start-ups to draw on.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

G’Day USA celebrates 10 years with event smorgasbord

1:26PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

G’Day USA has returned with a vengeance in 2013, with more than 25 events set to showcase Australian business capabilities, marking the 10th anniversary of the promotion vehicle of all things Australian.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Melbourne insulin innovation set for global rollout

1:21PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s oldest medical research institute has applauded efforts to turn Melbourne into a biotech hub after making a landmark insulin discovery, set to be commercialised overseas.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

Man crèche keeps stranded husbands happy

1:56PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Does your partner act like a big baby or spit the dummy every time you take him shopping? It might be time to check him into the man crèche.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

How Kaggle is taking a new marketplace to the world

1:42AM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Anthony Goldbloom, founder and CEO of Kaggle, tells TechCrunch how the Eurovision Song Contest and a stint in journalism helped him devise one of Australia’s leading tech start-ups.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Pebble to start shipping ‘smartwatch’ after raising $15 million

1:56PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

US-based start-up Pebble has confirmed it will begin shipping its ‘smartwatch’ on January 23, eight months after it smashed its $100,000 Kickstarter goal and raised more than $15 million.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

Gen X pips Boomers to lead online retail spending

1:51PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Generation X remains the key generational group for online spending, according to analysis by NAB, with an industry expert attributing the finding to Gen X’s easy access to technology.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites

Glow-in-the-dark linen to get you in the mood

1:41PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Want to rekindle the romance in your relationship? A glow-in-the-dark bed cover or curtain might shed some light on your situation.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Retailers handed new year security warning

1:38PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The start of a new year is the ideal time for retailers to review their security measures, says the Australian Retailers Association, which claims that theft costs the industry $7.5 billion a year.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Sole trader

Four business sectors cashing in during Australia's heat wave

1:00PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Sizzling summer weather has led to a seasonal swell in profits for some businesses.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing

Phone airbag promises a soft landing

1:08PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Smartphones are important tools for start-ups – until they accidentally drop off the edge of your desk. Thankfully, Amazon is working on phone “airbags” that can save your phone from a nasty crash.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Aussie start-up Roboinvest merges with US brokerage firm

1:24PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Aussie entrepreneur Michael Giles has merged his start-up Roboinvest with an established US stock brokerage and will take the helm of the newly merged business, he has revealed.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Buy a business  | Sell a business

McDonald’s unveils Australia Day campaign – here are three more standouts

1:17PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

McDonald’s is attempting to add an Australian flavour to its image in the lead-up to Australia Day, as big brands continue to capitalise on the festivities, suggesting start-ups can do the same.

 | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | How I did it

Sid keeps a lid on it

1:37PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you tired of the dull, pressure cooker environment of your kitchen? If so, the Lid Sid is a bubbly new utensil you might want to poach.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

GeoNext Startup Showcase to reward location-based innovations

1:50PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups looking to make their mark with location-based technology are being urged to submit their pitch for the GeoNext Startup Showcase, with prizes including a two-hour strategy session on capital raising.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Entrepreneurs offered a SeaChange with coastal start-up camp

1:46PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The second annual SeaChange StartUp Camp will return to the NSW town of Merimbula in March, when participants will develop online business ideas and pitch for funding.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth